Odisha Readies More COVID Hospitals; 5T Secy, DC Visit Three Southern Dists

Bhubaneswar: Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) VK Pandian and Development Commissioner (DC) Suresh Mohapatra inspected preparedness of COVID hospitals in Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts to treat people having contracted the virus, on Thursday.

The old district headquarters hospital at Malkangiri and old sub-divisional hospital at Jeypore, Koraput, have been converted into facilities to treat the infected persons. The one at the BEd. College at Hirli in Nabarangpur is yet to become functional.

On April 18, Pandian along with the Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy had visited COVID hospitals in Balangir, Bargarh, Sonepur and Kandhamal.

On April 17, he inspected COVID-19 preparedness in Angul, Dhenkanal and Jagatsinghpur districts and visited Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts the day before (April 16).

On April 15, he had made a similar trip to Sambalpur and Kalahandi.

Earlier this month, he had visited Kendrapada, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts to oversee the arrangements at the COVID hospitals there.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had directed for setting up of a COVID hospital in every district. Following which, a plan for 36 hospitals with a combined bed capacity of 6000 was drawn up to provide top-notch treatment to people with the infection.

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